After listening to an NPR story on the coming collapse of India’s agricultural economy and reading one of Kevin Carson’s recent commentaries at Center for a Stateless Society that is critical of Norman Borlaug, I have begun a discussion at Bureaucrash about the “Green Revolution”, which I had previously assumed was a libertarian triumph, but which I am now rethinking. The gist of it is that 1) it is proving to be unsustainable and 2) it was accomplished with government funding and regulation (in the form of terms imposed on Indian farmers for accepting agricultural subsidies), which would make it hardly a result of the free market. If point 1 proves to be true, that makes it vitally important for libertarians to emphasize point 2.
April 15, 2009
The Green Revolution: another failed government program?
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